Best Places to Work in 2018
LinkedIn is all about connection, a network that binds together every industry and organization. 546 million members strong, Linkedin has fostered a community that shares everything from job leads to market intelligence. At the same time, it has emerged as a data warehouse – one that can shed light on which employers are the most popular destinations for establishing long-term careers.
In March, Linkedin attempted to measure just that, releasing its inaugural Top 50 Companies for 2018, dubbing it “Where the U.S. Wants to Work Now.” The methodology, is based on factors like job demand, user engagement, and retention. Sure enough, many of biggest brands ranked atop Linkedin’s list…along with a few surprises.
Amazon Comes Out at #1
Amazon topped LinkedIn’s top 50 companies to work for. With the company’s second headquarters soon to be announced, LinkedIn excelled thanks to the “endless expansion” the Seattle-based company has on the horizon.
With a global headcount of 566,000, Amazon has the largest workforce among the top 25 companies ranked by LinkedIn. The company has made its presence known in a number of industries, including electronics, consumer staples, department stores, book stores, groceries, and more. Most recently, CNBC reported that the Seattle-tycoon is setting its eyes on the pharmaceutical industry.
Amazon’s recent $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods and its move to cashier-less stores with Amazon Go are just beginning of the expansion and innovation that has characterized the firm.
According to Glassdoor data, 74% of Amazon employees would recommend the company to a friend. A whopping 87% of reviewers approve of the company’s CEO, Jeff Bezos.
“Everyone here is really smart, and wants to succeed both personally, and as a company. People collaborate and help each other, focus on data, and truly focus on the customer,” one employee review reads.
Alphabet Inc. (Google) is “The Behemoth”
Coming in at number two on the rankings is Alphabet Inc., the parent holding company of Google. In many ways, Google set the new standards for company benefits and culture with its endless, quality perks.
Google is ranked at number two, according to LinkedIn, because of its massive reach in market search and digital advertising. In addition, Google has delved into a number of groundbreaking pursuits including Google Brain, the A.I. research lab that the New York Times reports as one of the company’s highest priorities.
As a company, Google receives over 1.1 million applications annually. And it’s no surprise as to why. The company has made headlines with its campus filled with climbing walls, slides, nap pods, and of course, free food.
With 80,110 global employees, Google has been able to keep an outstanding majority of them happy with their jobs. According to Glassdoor data, 90% of Google employees would recommend the company to their friend. 95% approve of Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai.
“Still the best company to work with,” one employee review reads.
At Facebook, It’s About Building Communities
Facebook has been getting the brunt of bad headlines recently. From its alleged mishandling of Russian ads to its possible misuse of user data, the social network company is going through its fair share of hurdles.
Yet, valued at over $500 billion and with a 47% growth in annual business, Facebook isn’t slowing down anytime soon. If anything, the company has hit a stage of growth, realizing its potential outside of just being a social network site.
“One of the most important things we can do is make sure our services aren’t just fun to use, but also good for people’s well-being and for society overall,” Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement.
The company has introduced a number of changes to prioritize meaningful social interactions including strengthening active conversations amongst news feeds.
LinkedIn has great reason to list the company in the top three. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, was named the highest rated CEO in 2017 by Glassdoor, with a 98% approval rating.
With a global headcount of 25,100 employees, Facebook is relatively smaller in size compared to Google. Facebook’s Glassdoor employee reviews highlight the company’s “small start-up feel,” where employees say they can see the impact of their work.
Here’s what one employee had to say about the culture at Facebook.
“The openness is a real thing, we’re trusted to do the right thing, mistakes are expected, being yourself is important and encouraged, humility is encouraged and expected, building trust is paramount, the mission of making the world a more open and connected place isn’t just a cool phrase because it guides everything. It’s not about us, it’s about everyone else.”
One female software engineer at Facebook adds that the company is the best company she’s ever worked for.
“Every day I wake up excited and grateful to be working here. Even in such a large company, I feel like I get the support I need and while also having impact. Everyone is so smart, nice, and always willing to help.”